Exploring the influence of mobile device policies on adoption of mobile learning in schools

Session Description
For more than a decade, researchers have produced literature highlighting the benefits of mobile learning, which is commonly referred to as the use of mobile devices for educational purposes. For example, Kim, Mims and Holmes (2006) found that mobile technologies can overcome the limitation of educational flexibility presented by wired technology; Maginnis, White, and Mckenna (2000) argue that mobile wireless technologies help improve efficiency and effectiveness in teaching and learning; and Curtis, Luchini, Bobrowsky, Quintana and Soloway (2002) stress that mobile devices have the benefit of providing students with immediate access to their documents, data, and animated examples, as well as a variety of software and tools to support learning activities.. Moreover, research has also shown that the use of mobile devices has improved data collection methods in the classroom, which offers insight to teachers in order to provide support by integrating classroom activities and students’ experiences in learning (Alhazmi, Rahman, & Zafar, 2014).

While research espousing the benefits of mLearning are many, often neglected are the challenges to mobile learning implementation that include cell phone policies, parental involvement, and administrative involvement. This general session’s presentation focuses on the important connection between cell phone policies and mobile learning. Guided by the diffusion of innovation framework (Rogers, 2003), we examine the origin of such policies, and how they have systematically limited the expansion of mobile learning in pre-secondary schools.

Wilmon Brown, III
Wilmon Brown, III, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA
My name is Wilmon Brown III and I am a 3rd year doctoral student at Oklahoma State University in the Educational Technology program. My focus is in Organizational Learning and Evaluation. My dissertation topic is the digital divide and the effect it has on implementing mobile learning in schools.

I currently serve as the Director of Research and Analytics at Growing Together, a non-profit education and neighborhood revitalization organization in Tulsa, OK.

It is my hope that the research I will conduct during my academic career will ultimately lead to increasing the pipeline for individuals who have been historically underrepresented in colleges and universities. Once my research has been established, I will found a charter school in Tulsa, OK that adopts a curriculum based on early use of technology in school. I will be able to write textbooks, non-academic books, and eventually open charter schools in many different locations. I believe that technology acclimation at an early age will allow students the opportunity of growing up in global citizenship with the tools to access the knowledge of their fellow global citizens.

Tutaleni I. Asino
Tutaleni I. Asino, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA
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